UK Live Music Group has named Greg Parmley, the managing director of International Live Music Conference (ILMC), as its new chair.

He replaces Paul Latham, the chief operating officer of Live Nation UK, who announced his retirement after more than three decades in the live music industry.

The UK Live Music Group, which meets every six weeks, contributes to UK Music’s policy development and brings together various parts of Britain’s live music business.

Parmley said: “UK Live has achieved an enormous amount under Paul’s watch, and while his are some extremely big shoes to fill, I’m excited to be taking the group forward.

“With live music’s role in the wider music value chain more significant than ever, and issues from Brexit to secondary ticketing on the table, there’s a lot to do in the coming months.”

In addition to ILMC, UK Live comprises the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF), Association of Festival Organisers (AFO), Concert Promoters Association (CPA), Entertainment Agents Association (AAGB), National Arenas Association (NAA), Production Services Association (PSA), Music Venue Trust (MVT) and Association for Electronic Music (AFEM).

UK Music chief executive Michael Dugher said: “Greg is someone who commands huge respect in the live music industry. He is the ideal person to take on the mantle from Paul Latham and ensure the UK Live Music Group continues to develop a proactive agenda and deliver real results for the sector. I want to thank Paul Latham for his immense contribution and achievements, as well as in bringing the Group together in the first place.”

He added: “Live music contributes around £1 billion to the British economy and it is a fast growing sector. It provides opportunities and a livelihood for so many people, not just artists and musicians, but everyone else who works in the sector. Helped by Greg’s leadership, UK Music will continue to provide a strong, high profile voice for live music.”

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